There was a huge void left at the University of Washington on Monday when head coach Steve Sarkisian left the program to take the same job for the USC Trojans.
That particular hire led many to believe that the Huskies would also be able to land one of their own in UCLA head coach, Jim Mora. Mora played football for the Huskies and also began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant. So, it seemed like a pretty logical fit.
Unfortunately for Washington, though, they won’t get the chance to see just how comfortable the fit is as UCLA has signed their head coach to a six-year contract extension:
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 3, 2013
Following this tweet from Bruce Feldman of CBS, UCLA issued an official release, announcing the extension:
“Jim Mora has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college football,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “Under his guidance, UCLA football has garnered national recognition for its success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are excited about the commitment Jim has made to our student-athletes and this University and feel this extension further demonstrates UCLA’s commitment to building a championship-caliber football program.”
What was even more interesting about all of this than the actual announcement was the timing. This news broke just as the rival Trojans were holding the introductory press conference for Sarkisian.